Star Trek

Just over a year ago, I started watching Star Trek for the first time. I started with The Next Generation and last night, I watched the final episode of Enterprise. I haven’t been able to convince myself to watch The Original Series (or, for that matter, The Animated Series) because they’re so dated (TOS is almost 50 years old) that I find them hard to take seriously. I know, I know. I lose geek points for that.

Favorite Series?

After I finished Enterprise last night, I decided to rank the series by how much I enjoyed them. Coincidentally, I liked them in the order in which they aired.

  1. The Next Generation was my obvious favorite. I loved the characters and the stories.
  2. Deep Space Nine was pretty good, too. I liked the characters again, but it seemed to be missing something that made TNG so special.
  3. Then, there was Voyager… and Captain Janeway. Eugh. Not liking the captain made it difficult to really appreciate the series, but it had its moments.
  4. It was a bit of a toss up between Voyager and Enterprise, but Enterprise was probably my least favorite series. While there were parts I liked, many of the episodes failed to really captivate me. Plus, the theme song was downright awful.

Favorite Characters?

The characters were, naturally, crucial to the success of each series.

Jean-Luc Picard
Jean-Luc Picard from The Next Generation
  • In The Next Generation, my two favorites were Jean-Luc Picard and Data, though it’s really tough to choose just two. I couldn’t stand Tasha Yar, though; I was so glad when they unceremoniously killed her off at the end of Season 1.
  • Quark and Dax (I liked both Jadzia and Ezri) were probably my favorite characters of Deep Space Nine, with Elim Garak as a close third.
  • From Voyager, I liked The Doctor and Seven of Nine (despite her ridiculously blatant sex appeal). I thought that Kes also had potential to be a really interesting character until they replaced her with Seven.
  • My favorite Enterprise characters were T’Pol and, I guess, Phlox. Compared to TNG, though, Enterprise‘s characters were pretty forgettable. :-/

I really enjoyed Star Trek and it feels weird to not have any more Star Trek episodes in our queue (at least, unless I change my mind about The Original Series!). I’d highly recommend watching at least The Next Generation if you haven’t seen it yet. Or even if you have seen it, I’m sure it’d be fun to rewatch it! 🙂 I know I will want to rewatch it again in a few years… maybe after I’ve rewatched Battlestar Galactica and Stargate SG-1. 😉

Star Trek: Catan

Star Trek: CatanThis weekend, Nick and I had some friends over to play board games. We decided to play Star Trek: Catan, which was great because Nick and I had never played Settlers of Catan and have always wanted to. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the game, it is a popular multiplayer strategy and resource management board game. The Star Trek version came out earlier this year and is (apparently) pretty much the same as the original game, but with a Star Trek theme.

There are 5 resources in the game: dilithium, tritanium, food, oxygen, and water. We had a hard time remembering which color was dilithium (green) and which was tritanium (red), so we opted for giving the resources condiment names instead: ketchup (red), mustard (yellow), relish (green), mayo (white), and blue remained water. 😛

I still haven’t played the original Settlers of Catan, so I can’t compare the two. I think the character cards were a new addition, though. Each player has a character card (Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Sulu, Scott, Uhura, Chekov, Chapel, Rand, or Sarek) that gives the player special abilities liked forced trades or protection from the klingons. Players have to swap out character cards after they use them once (or twice), so it keeps things interesting.

We had a lot of fun learning and playing the game and we’ll probably be adding it to our Christmas wish list this year. 🙂